FHOSTER joins a Horizon 2020 consortium

ImageFHOSTER has joined a consortium leaded by BOC GmbH and ATOS Spain SA, to file a proposal to the European Commission, answering call  H2020-ICT-2014-1 (Industrial Leadership) of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme.

The proposal is focused on topic ICT-07-2014 (Advanced Cloud Infrastructures and Services) and it aims at creating a platform, named “Cloud-Socket”,  to fill the gap between business needs (defined as business process models) and the cloud services publicly available. In fact, despite the increasing number of “digital natives” now entering the workforce, there is still a huge gap between the business and ICT domains in terms of awareness, common understanding and expertise.

The Cloud-Socket platform basically includes a business-process-modeling environment, a marketplace of public cloud services, and a match-making algorithm using ontology mappings and other techniques to select the best compatible implementations for any  given business process.

In this context, our concept of Cloudlet (i.e. autonomous & reusable piece of cloud service generated automatically from a high-level, conceptual and semantically-rich model) has been embraced by the consortium and has been used in the proposal as a key element of the overall Cloud-Socket concept.

Within the consortium, FHOSTER will provide the model-driven environment allowing developers to easily create semantically-annotated cloud services (i.e. extended cloudlets). The idea is to simplify and democratize  the creation of robust and interoperable cloud services  that the Cloud-Socket platform could natively evaluate and match with business process models.

During the project, should the proposal be accepted, we will extend the Livebase modeling environment and code generator to explicitly (and visually) support business-process-modeling. We will also extend the cloudlet framework to support the OASIS CAMP standard.

Livebase at the VSIX annual congress

ImageToday we’ll be in Padua, at the VSIX annual convention. The VSIX is the Neutral Access Point (NAP) of North-East Italy, promoting the usage of the Internet and of cloud services in the region. We’ll be at the convention with ICOA, one of the System Integrators we are partnering with, to deliver ad-hoc, agile solutions based on our Livebase cloud platform. We will have a small demo area, so come visit us. The convention is held at the NH Hotel Mantegna, via N, Tommaseo 61, Padua.

VentureBeat on cloud-based software development

cloud-developer-tools

There is little doubt that we are at the beginning of an industrial revolution, where software development (and even some “hardware” development, if you consider the quick growth of “makers” and 3D printing technologies) is going to be more and more accessible to people who do not have a professional expertise in the field.

VentureBeat recently posted a very interesting article on cloud-based application development tools. We are not (yet) listed as one of the top 10 worldwide, but one thing is sure: the industry is growing fast, and platforms like Livebase  really have a huge potential.

Fhoster @ Filarete e-health event (Milan, Nov 20th)

ImageWith 60 hospitals involved, over 11.000 patients tracked and 10+ years of data on each patient (blood/urine analysis, vital parameters, genetic markers, therapies, life style, environmental factors, etc.) Livebase is getting, year after year, a reference platform for cloud-based clinical research.

On November 20th, in Milan, we’ll present our recent achievements and future perspectives at the Filarete Healthy Startups Week. We’ll also talk about a major study on HIV run on Livebase by ICONA Foundation since 2011, and a clinical trial on a special combination of drugs run by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

Fondazione Filarete promotes and integrates itself with a network of companies, researchers and institutions operating in the fields of life sciences and health in order to support the innovation processes of SMEs through value-added services and technology and knowledge transfer.

“App-Dev” Platform as a Service (aPaaS) vastly underestimated

A very interesting article from .

“History is full of vastly underestimated technologies that unexpectedly transformed industries. [...] Is it possible that platform-as-a-service is one of those underestimated technologies? It’s more than possible – it’s probable, and here are a few good reasons why”.

 

Fhoster on-stage at the Digital Heritage Int. Congress

Dig-HerChiara Feriotto, from the University of Ferrara, will present an information system developed with our Livebase platform at the Digital Heritage International Congress 2013 (Oct 28 – Nov 01, Marseille). The system is the result of a collaboration between Fhoster and TekneHub (one of the four Laboratories of the Tecnopole of Ferrara), which also involved Michela Biancardi, Ursula Thun Hohenstein and Marzia Breda.

The problem

In Italy, the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD) rules the cataloguing of the rich and articulated Italian Cultural Heritage through a complex system of shared methodology and formats.

ICCD established different catalogue datasheets for each typology of Cultural Good, providing also detailed instructions to fill them. However, the computer assisted process necessary to the management of these complex datasheets (in some cases up to nearly 500 fields) is inadequate.

TekneHub carried out a survey to analyse problems and needs through all the steps of the cataloging activity, thus drawing a precise picture of the issues to be addressed. As a result of this study, Fhoster has been selected as the reference technological partner to start a pilot project trying to address the issues.

The solution

The unique model-driven approach of the Livebase platform allowed Fhoster and TekneHub to quickly test many alternative designs to match the ICCD datasheet chosen as a test (Naturalistic Palaeontological Goods – form BNP 3.01), and to implement specific functions to facilitate the cataloguing activity.

As a test bed, the Geological Museum “Capellini” offered all the paper entry catalogue of its collection of fossil fish from the Middle Eocene of Bolca (Vicenza, Italy). The application interface has been shaped taking into account consistency and intuitiveness.

In conclusion

The application created on the Livebase platform strongly improves the efficiency of the cataloguing activity and, at the same time, allows a quick and effective query of the catalogue through basic and advanced filters, and it’s still compliant with the complex Italian cataloguing standards.

Some diagrams from the model

Dati intrinseci

Dati intrinseci

Dati gestionali

Dati gestionali

Allegati

Allegati

Agility for differentiation

Cloudcomputing

 

An interesting white paper from Bloomberg Businessweek Research highlights the importance of agility in , in order to achieve  competitive differentiation.

In fact, approaching cloud-based development with the same process used for desktop based development (i.e. the traditional “code – compile – test – debug – deploy” cycle) does not really fit the need for speed and agility that cloud-computing is supposed to deliver.

Organizations are finding that a cloud-based platform for agile software development provides the speed and  flexibility they need to respond to opportunities and market changes. But this will not happen overnight. To support cloud adoption, enterprise cloud development (ECD) platforms can provide a secure path for managing development and deployment in a hybrid cloud environment.

Livebase unique “pure model-driven” approach, combined with the flexibility to deploy virtually anywhere in the cloud (or at the customer’s premises) brings agility to the next level, allowing developers to create, deliver and maintain complex database solutions up to 10 times faster than coding, and to reuse/integrate them across the enterprise.

Do you have a background in data-modeling or database design? Try the Livebase platform today, and experience the power of conceptual data modeling in the cloud.

 

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